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West Virginia crayfish subject of suit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


The Register-Herald

Big Sandy Crayfish.
(Photo from Guenter Schuster)

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The Center for Biological Diversity (the Center) and the Appalachian Mountain Advocates have brought suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

The suit stems from the refusal of the FWS to release public records concerning coal mining and endangered species in the Mountain State following attempts to gather the documents through the Freedom of Information Act.

According to the release, the records are related to Endangered Species Act compliance and the Big Sandy crayfish and Guyandotte River crayfish.

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